Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is aking Gov. David Ige to declare a state of emergency surrounding the dengue fever outbreak and put more resources into fighting the spread of the disease, including deploying the National Guard.

As of Friday, 242 people had been confirmed to have dengue fever, according to the Hawaii Department of Health.

The World Health Organization is also warning that an outbreak of Zika, another disease carried by the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, could spread worldwide. Federal health officials say Hawaii is ill-prepared to deal with a Zika outbreak.

Gabbard wants the state to step up its mosquito abatement actions as well as boosting its public information effort and providing free testing for anyone with symptoms.

Department of Health Microbiologist Becky Kanenaka demonstrates testing processes at the Hawaii Department of Health laboratory on Waimano Home Road.

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According to a press release, Gabbard has spoken with the governor and written to him asking for the following immediate actions:…

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